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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tourney Time!

Today starts the NCAA tournament, where we can all pretend to work while watching/listening to games (kind of like our students do in class...).  I always appreciate the irony of this being so close to the law review submission season.  My brackets always reflect this: if a school's journal has recently given me an offer, I am more inclined to select them to do well.  If I have been rejected, I'll choose (and hope) them to make an early exit.  Of course, maybe because of this, I haven't won my pool in recent memory.  But it does provide for cheap and easy psychological relief from the submission process.  I'm guessing I am not alone in this - anyone else want to confess?

As a side note, for the US News voters among us, I could also ask if people spend more time filling out their NCAA brackets or US News ballot.  Anonymous comments very much accepted.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't reference Matt Bodie's classic post on the NCAA tourney here.

Posted by Michael Waterstone on March 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM | Permalink


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Well, Michael, you successfully picked one of four, which is as well as I did trying actually to pick who I thought had better basketball programs. ;)

Posted by: David Thaw | Apr 2, 2013 7:17:42 PM

I confess to also picking schools based on law review acceptances and rejections. The warm feelings toward a school even carry over to future years, but the sting of rejections tends to fade.

Posted by: Fred Vars | Mar 25, 2013 4:34:11 PM

For kicks, I filled out a bracket based on USNews rankings of law schools. With the Harvard, Berkeley, and Oregon upsets, it's doing really well! I don't see the success lasting, however. I can't imagine Harvard and Berkeley making the final four as this bracket predicts (although Duke and Michigan aren't ridiculous picks for the other two slots).

Posted by: Anon | Mar 22, 2013 8:13:43 AM

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